I’m just coming to the end of the Cross-Country Olympic MTB mid volume plan. I’ve manged to get through this without skipping or failing any workouts. I was just wondering what peoples thoughts are on going from a mid to high volume plan. Or should I incorporate some strength training as I do very little of that at the moment.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated along with any strength training plan recommendations.
I think the pretty standard answer is if you want to be a better pure cyclist add the volume, if you want to be a better all around athlete then add the strength training - if you can find a gym open…none in the UK
For me, choosing to introduce some strength training and core/back workouts made my a significantly better cyclists when doing longer rides. Hold my form is never an issue, even when doing races for 8-9hours. I’m doing 1-2 hours of strength workouts each week, no heavy weights but enough to gain a little bit of strength and endurance.
Sitting at 3.78w/kg so I know the feeling of wanting that 4…
I do core work even when gyms are closed as I TT and you need a strong core for staying on the TT bars and keeping all your er…parts in the right place…planks/side planks/press ups etc…but that only takes 10 mins 3/4 x week.
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